Hopefully, you are reading this before your interview and not dwelling on the questions you may or may not have answered correctly. Either way, being asked to describe yourself in 5 words is a very common interview question. There are people who can talk about themselves all day. Despite how you feel about these people, they are at quite an advantage here!
Don’t say “I Don’t Know!”
Try to avoid general verbiage when you describe yourself. Examples of this would be Team-Player, Punctual, or Committed. These should be assumed in any candidate and will come across as boring. Think of how many people are going to give these basic answers, don’t be like them! Set yourself apart from the masses and provide truthful character traits that will resonate with the interviewer. Also, make sure to avoid words that one can perceive as negative such as Stubborn, Out-Spoken or Independent.
What do I say?
Below is a list of appropriate answers to the question, "Describe yourself in 5 words."
- I am always the first person that my friends call because they know I am always there for them. I put the same effort into making sure my work is done correctly, and I am always available to help my peers.
- I love trying new things, creating new methods, and introducing new ideas. My creativity has grown to help me solve problems in the workplace that others can’t by thinking differently.
- I believe I am very driven. Throughout college, I was active in 3 clubs, worked full time, and still managed to graduate at the top of my class. As the oldest sibling, I have always been somewhat of a leader. My brothers and sisters constantly look up to me for advice.
- Ever since I was a little kid I have tried to stay ethical. I remember one time I found 6 Disneyland tickets and $200 cash in an envelope. I turned the envelope into the store where I found it. My honesty paid off when no one came to claim it and I was able to keep the content.
- All my friends tell me that I am the nicest person they know. I always enjoy meeting new people and love making new friends.
It is important to think of explanations for whatever words you choose. Go above and beyond their typical answer. Tell them how these words apply to your life and give an example that backs it up. This may be difficult for those who are shy and have problems opening up, but this is a great life skill.
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Describing yourself should easy
The best way to prepare for this question is just that… Prepare! If you are able to successfully describe yourself in 5 words, you will come off as a confident and capable candidate. Nobody knows you better than yourself so all you have to do is put it into words!